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The Community Access Cable TV Project (the program library is called
the "Other Voices" Video Series) is an organized effort to distribute
videotapes to local access TV stations, taking advantage of federal
guidelines that require these stations to air non-commercial programs
submitted by members of the community. We distribute this series to a
network of individual AfD members and allied organizations, who
participate by completing the simple, necessary paperwork and
delivering the videos to their local cable station.
The "Other Voices" Community Cable Project, developed initially
as a project of the Northbridge Chapter of the Alliance for Democracy,
covered numerous towns in the Greater Boston Area. Now the Project is
being expanded to two larger arenas--one into the Northeast Region and
the other at the national level with a separate form of distribution.
For both arena a short logging/evaluation form will enable assessment
of the type of use on community cable and extent of play-time. This
will allow for systematic evaluation of the project.
The goal has been to provide communities with independent, educational
perspectives that have been under-represented or stifled, and sometimes
deliberately repressed, by the mainstream media. The range of topics
represented in "Other Voices" is wide, reflecting the many facets of
corporate domination that have so profoundly eroded the functioning of
our democracy and led to unacceptable, destructive militarism.
Here we provide
(I) a short statement of the rationale for making
easily available the "Other Voices" not usually available on mainstream
(II) the simple steps to make these presentations easily
available to all interested members, friends and allies of the Alliance
(III) suggestions for varied use of the DVD and VHS
(IV) a list of titles currently available in either VHS or
Recognizing that the Progressive Movement cannot, at this time, fully
compete with the Radical Right in the coinage of big money and their
additional tools of heavily influencing think-tanks and domination of
media, we must assess, and energetically utilize, the tools that are
available to the Progressive Movement.
The primary resource we have is large and growing numbers of increasingly exercised citizens.
What are some of the ways we "Lilliputians" can use media to penetrate
and overcome the domination that now exists? One of several options
easily available to us is greater utilization of the free public access
community cable network available in nearly every town in the country.
Local access stations are legally required to air programs submitted by
members of that community, as long as the programs do not contain
(II) Simple Steps:
community resident must submit two forms along with the program tape to
the station: a simple "resident" form with name and contact information
of the resident, and a "disclaimer" from the program's producer,
releasing broadcast rights. We have received producer disclaimer forms
for all program tapes we offer and will supply them along with the
tape. This last requirement eliminates some TV productions, especially
PBS projections that fit the "progressive" description. However, "Other
Voices" is accumulating an impressive library of progressive programs
from independent media that have been released for broadcast.
For those interested in participating in this Alliance for Democracy
project for creating and airing programs in your community, we can
supply other useful resources. This include not just the professionally
packaged tapes and producer release forms, but also some templates for
Each tape begins with a short "leader" identification of AID as the
distributor. "Other Voices" uses a simple scheduling model in which
each town airs one program a month, on a repeating weekly basis. Since
only one tape is made available each month, volunteer time is minimized
and publicity (flyers, e-mail and newspaper announcements, etc.) is
In return for the VHS tape or DVD each person receives, they are asked
to submit a brief report showing place and times of airing in order to
help evaluate the effectiveness of this independent, educational media
(III) Suggested Uses:
also be used for settings other than community cable, for example, home
gatherings or public venues such as libraries, etc. Perhaps there is a
local person knowledgeable in a topic who could be invited to
supplement and assist with discussion. Relevant literature and
suggested actions on that topic could be made available, as well as
general AfID literature. If there is sufficient interest, gatherings
could become regular and lead to chapter formation. Outreach to related
peace, environmental, electoral and health organizations could
publicize the selections relating most directly to their issues and
actions. These individuals and groups could then become part of the
network showing "Other Voices" in order to provide broader awareness of
(IV) "OTHER VOICES" CURRENTLY AVAILABLE TO SUBMIT TO YOUR LOCAL CABLE STATION 3/31/06
Listed by TITLE, SPEAKER, DATE, DURATION (Note: Titles in Solid Caps are anti-war topics)
1 "A Journalist's View of the Climate Crisis" Ross Gelbspan 5/17/05 60"
2 "An Introduction to the Alliance for Democracy" Charles Derber & Ruth Weizenbaum 11/03 60"
3 "Confronting Empire Zia Mian 10/10/03
4 "Corporate Control of the Media" William Rivers Pitt 5/10/2005
5 "Corporate/Democracy Polarization" Jonathan Leavitt, Mass
Anti-Corporate Clearinghouse 30"
6 "DANCE OF DEATH" Program 4 Iraq War series
7 "Defending the Commons: The Political Struggle for Water" Produced by Joe Public Films 49"
8 "GLOBAL WARNING: (..200 warheads in Israel..) Mordechai Vanunu 30"
9 "GLOBALIZATION AT GUNPOINT"-Economics of Occupation Program 1 Iraq War series
10 "Hijacking Catastrophe: 9/11â¦.. " Julian Bond
11 "NATIONAL INSECURITIES" Program 2 Iraq War series.
12 "Restoring American Democracy" Rudy Perkins 2003 30"
13 "Silencing Dissent: Media Politics After September 11" SUE BRIDGE & CYNTHIA PETER 6/13/02
14 "THE DOWNING STREET BASEMENT TAPES" Congressional Hearing 6/16/06 40"
15 "The Fight For Clean Elections" JOHN BONIFAZ 7/16/02 60"
16 "The Future of Water: Water, Politics & Earth" VANDANA SHIVA. 10/27/05
17 "THE REAL FACE OF THE OCCUPATION" Program 3 Iraq War series
18 "Venezuela from Below" Spanish with English subtitles. 59"
19 "WORLD TRIBUNAL ON IRAQ" Program 5 Iraq War series. 58"
20 "WORLDS APART: 9/11 FIRST RESPONDERS AGAINST WAR" Ground Zero
for Peace. Afghanistan May 2004. 60"
21 "Biological Weapons and The New Arms Race" 30"
22 "The Case For Impeachment" JOHN BONIFAZ 7/23/05 46"
DISTRIBUTOR FORM --National
COMMUNITY CABLE PROJECT, "OTHER VOICES SERIES" of Alliance for Democracy
Address______________________ City____________________ State___________ Zip#__________
NAME OF VIDEO
NAME OF STATION CONTACT___________________________ PHONE
Beginning date Ending date Times per week
Were you able to verify that planned scheduling did occur?
Does station display schedule announcement? Daily?____ Other?___________.
Please indicate format capabilities of your station. ____VHS _____DVD _____Both
PROCESS for delivering video to the community cable station.
______ Simple drop-off and pick-up.
______ Additional requirements (Please briefly detail.)
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS OR FEEDBACK ON VIDEO CONTENT, ETC:
Thank you for your cooperation in submitting this brief report.
It will enable us to evaluate the effectiveness of this independent,
educational media project.
Please return to:
ALLIANCE FOR DEMOCRACY
P.O. BOX 540115
WALTHAM, MA 02454-0115
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